Veteran guard Joe Johnson was put on waivers by the Brooklyn Nets after being bought out of the remaining $24 million he was due for this season. Expected to clear waivers on Saturday, the expectation is that he will sign a veteran’s minimum contract to join the Miami Heat once he clears waivers, after initial speculation was that he was considering joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It turned out that the Cavaliers were a long shot to gain his services once the buyout was announced, even though there was much talk about him wanting to join LeBron James in the prior weeks. Outside of Miami, the Thunder and Hawks were the main teams that appealed to Johnson, with the Heat winning out because they offered the most opportunity for playing time. Miami has been riddled by injuries lately, with backup guards Tyler Johnson and Beno Udrih both expected to miss the next two months, Dwayne Wade missing games lately and Chris Bosh likely out for the remainder of the season after renewed issues with blood-clots.

Johnson would likely see time on the wing, starting at shooting guard on days Wade sits, while starting at small forward when he is in the lineup, as Luol Deng has switched to power forward in Bosh’s absence. The seven-time All-Star posted 11.8 points in 33.9 minutes per game across 57 appearances with Brooklyn this season. He’s shot 37.1% on his 3-pointers this season, matching the rate for his career, and that figures to help Miami, which is 28th in 3-pointers made.

By waiving Johnson, the Nets saved $3 million off of his yearly salary, while signing him could put the Heat back in the luxury tax penalty depending on their corresponding roster move.

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